Best Quotes about Character
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.
Cicero, Marcus T.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
Buren, Abigail Van
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
Lowell, James Russell
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity.
Smith, Roy L.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
Look, we're all the same; a man is a fourteen-room house --in the bedroom he's asleep with his intelligent wife, in the living-room he's rolling around with some bareass girl, in the library he's paying his taxes, in the yard he's raising tomatoes, and in the cellar he's making a bomb to blow it all up.
A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.
Strindberg, J. August
It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
Amiel, Henri Frederic
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
Covey, Stephen R.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
W. Somerset Maugham
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
Macaulay, Thomas B.
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